From obese to slim in one surgical step? Unfortunately, not that easy.

Weight reduction through surgery is especially recommended for those who have failed to lose weight by other means.

October 4, 2017 10:55
Illustrative struggle with weight.

Illustrative struggle with weight.. (photo credit: WES BAUSMITH/TNS)


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 I am a 34-year-old single woman, 1.60 meters tall, and I have become very obese in recent years. I weigh 130 kilos and hardly get out of the house. I also suffer from type 2 diabetes, which, I understand, is sometimes eliminated in the obese by bariatric surgery.

I feel very alone; I have few relatives. My doctor has strongly recommended that I undergo this surgery. The operation would be paid for by my health fund, as it is necessary for me to lose weight and improve my medical condition. But I am nervous about it, and I don’t know where to go or what surgeon I can trust to do it. I have heard that some patients who undergo such surgery suffer complications and a few have died from it. Where do I go for advice? Are there patients who have the operation but don’t lose weight as promised?

A.N., Beersheba


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